November 19, 2017

Archives for July 2003

Patriot Act Amendment Rebuffed

By LJ Staff Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has gathered more than 100 cosponsors for his Freedom to Read Protection Act, but even that critical mass couldn’t get that bill added as an amendment to an FBI spending bill. On July 22, a bipartisan group of House members offered the bill as an amendment to an […]

San Antonio PL Director Placed on Leave

By LJ Staff Laura Isenstein, director of the San Antonio Public Library, was placed on indefinite administrative leave with pay on July 21, after a 90-minute closed library board session and with little public explanation. The library board’s decision was 7-2. Isenstein had been on the job about three years. Board chairman Don Counts told […]

Libraries to Get Some Breathing Room on CIPA

By LJ Staff Though many public libraries have already begun affirming or reevaluating their policies toward filtering, they will get some breathing room. On July 23, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order that said that libraries subject to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) must by compliant by the start of Funding Year 2004, […]

Dynix Debuts Horizon 7.3

By LJ Staff Possibly the biggest product announcement at recent American Library Association Annual Conference was made by Dynix, which debuted Horizon 7.3, the latest edition of its core system. Many of the new features were incorporated following feedback from librarians. According to the vendor, the new release adds more than 100 new features and […]

Simon & Schuster Trimming Staff, Titles

By LJ Staff Citing “the most prolonged period of depressed sales in memory,” Simon & Schuster (S&S) CEO Jack Romanos announced July 21 that the company is trimming its staff by 75 – about five percent of the company’s 1600 employees worldwide – as well as cutting back on titles. In a memo to all […]

Classical International Adds Hyperion and VOX Recordings

By LJ Staff Classical International has added the collections from leading record labels Hyperion and VOX to the offerings included in its Classical Music Library Service. Hyperion’s collection includes many unique recordings and covers choral, solo, orchestral, chamber, and instrumental works. The Vox catalog includes the complete Beethoven piano work by Alfred Brendel and other […]

ProQuest Acquires SIRS Publishing

By LJ Staff ProQuest Information and Learning has acquired SIRS Publishing Inc., one of the few remaining independent publishers, whose database products such as SIRS Researchers, SIRS Discover, and SIRS Enduring Issues are staples in the K – 12 market and more than 50,000 libraries worldwide. Alan Aldworth, ProQuest president and CEO, said that SIRS’s […]

Sage Publisher McCune Named Entrepreneur of the Year

By LJ Staff Sara Miller McCune, publisher and chair of Sage Publications, has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Media and Communications for the Greater Los Angeles Area. McCune and husband George formed the company 40 years ago with $500 earned from the sale of a used air conditioner. The […]

Sterling and AARP Partner for Publishing

By LJ Staff Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. and AARP Services, Inc. have cut a deal to “create and publish books bearing the AARP trademark,” the two parties announced. Under the terms of the arrangement, the companies will work in tandem on a program of “at least eight books a year beginning in Spring 2004 to […]

AR Censorship Law Stalled

By Kathy Ishizuka Thanks to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new censorship law, kids in Arkansas will have continued access to materials that appeal to their “prurient interest in sex”–at least until a U.S. district judge rules on the case at the end of this year. The lawsuit, brought forth by a coalition […]